K.DeGagne/bridgesforpeace.com The Palestinian presentation of their conflict with Israel as being about statehood and political rights has downplayed the religious overtones that have resided beneath the surface. Perhaps it’s because the Palestinians thought Westerners would identify more with a fight falsely presented as a reprise of Ghandi’s political struggle in India, rather than Al-Qaeda’s jihadContinue Reading »
Knowsphotos/flickr It is no secret that the United Nations seems to harbor an irrational dislike for the nation of Israel. Since the inception of the State in 1948, no other international body has vilified the Jewish nation as vehemently, or as often, as the UN. And therein lies the irony. Were it not for thatContinue Reading »
Israel has a new neighbor. Fully awakened from its Cold War hibernation, Russia is on the move. It is huge, hungry, charismatic and dangerous. Suddenly, and without firing a single shot, it has formed a coalition with Iran and, apparently, China to replace US and European superpower leadership in the Middle East. It is aContinue Reading »
Friday, 25 September 2015 | As Russia appears to vie for an assertive role in the Middle East by establishing a military presence in Syria, Middle Eastern leaders are “lining up” to meet with President Vladimir Putin, The Moscow Times reports. According to the report, Turkish President Recap Erdogan was the third Middle Eastern leaderContinue Reading »
Friday, 25 September 2015 | The Security Cabinet on Thursday evening unanimously approved a series of measures submitted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu aimed at cracking down on rock-throwing. Among the new measures passed was a change in the circumstances in which a police officer can open fire. Until now, opening fire could occur onlyContinue Reading »
Friday, 25 September 2015 | Only days after Netanyahu’s visit to Moscow, Russia’s Defense Ministry has announced its plans to engage in a “combat training exercise …in the eastern part of the Mediterranean.” Russia has recently beefed up its military presence at its Syrian Mediterranean port in Tartous. Yesterday’s Defense Ministry press release emphasized thatContinue Reading »
Maslowski Marcin/Drop of Light/shutterstock.com What would you do with $30-$50 billion? In all likelihood, buying missiles for terrorists, sponsoring rebels to overthrow nearby governments and subsidizing a brutal dictator wouldn’t immediately come to mind. That is, unless you’re Iran. Over the next couple of years, Iran is expected to reap tens of billions of dollarsContinue Reading »
It’s a pretty common thing in most societies to acknowledge events of communal importance with parades, picnics, somber gatherings, or some combination thereof. The United Nations has even created a list of such days to encourage the recognition of events and concepts that have international relevance. For instance, there is a specific day set asideContinue Reading »
“For Israel and the Jewish people, World War II is synonymous with the Holocaust. Families were torn apart, vibrant communities destroyed, and one third of the Jewish people—including one million children—were murdered. We are still haunted by the devastation. The numbers tattooed on the arms of our parents and grandparents are an enduring reminder ofContinue Reading »
Throughout the 1930s, Hitler groomed his culture and his continent for unspeakable savagery. He did this by glorifying his country’s collective ego and asserting the racial superiority of ‘Aryans’ who were on the cusp of a millennium of global rule. He also did it by demonizing Jews as the primary obstacle to a golden ageContinue Reading »
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